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Fire & Rescue Department

Under the general guidance of Fire Chief Howard McFarlen, the department is staffed on a 24/7/365 basis and at your service every second of every day in every neighborhood. The primary goal of Huntsville Fire & Rescue is to serve the public by protecting life, property and the environment. The department is staffed with 395, well-trained personnel and teams with diverse and highly specialized skill sets to meet the wide ranging demands for the City of Huntsville, Alabama. Because our firefighters are often the first responders to citizens in need, Huntsville firefighters provide many other valuable services to the community in addition to fire suppression, including emergency medical treatment, technical rescue services and response to hazardous material releases.

On a daily basis the department staffs and coordinates 19 engine companies, five ladder trucks, four rescue trucks, along with a Special Operations Division which includes, Hazardous Materials Units, Technical Rescue Units, and several specialized support units. Huntsville Fire & Rescue also has investigations, emergency response dispatch, logistics, and training divisions, all of which are diverse, innovative and efficient.

The City of Huntsville Fire Department Maintains a Class 1 ISO Rating as graded by the Insurance Services Office.

RELATED LINKS:  Fire & Rescue, Mission, Administration, Careers, Community Relations, Station Locations

  • Phone:


  • Address:

    Fire & Rescue Office

    2110 Clinton Ave W

    Huntsville, AL 35805

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  • Email:


    Howard McFarlen

    Fire Chief

  • Hours:

    Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(256) 722-7120

Chief Howard McFarlen’s Office
Chief Howard “Mac” McFarlen
(256) 427-7401

Deputy Chief of Administration/Planning
Deputy Chief Wes Ogle
(256) 851-4033

Deputy Chief of Operations
Deputy Chief Derrick Stuckey
(256) 650-4730

(256) 427-5150

Training Director
District Chief Bruce Swanson
(256) 851-4031

Fire & Rescue Hazardous Materials/Special Operations Chief

Public Information Officer
(256) 650-4760

Copies of Fire Reports
(256) 427-5150

Station Tours / Truck Requests (non-emergency)
(256) 427-7401

To reach additional Community Development staff, please call (256) 427-7401

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